Passing Wisdom Down Generations
In this teaching today, Solomon learned from his father, David, how crucial it is to make wisdom the goal of life.
There is security in wisdom so let’s see what the Bible says in Proverbs 4:1-4:
My child, listen closely to my teachings and learn common sense. My advice is useful so don’t turn away. When I was still very young and my mother’s favorite child, my father said to me:
“If you follow my teachings and keep them in mind, you will live.”
Solomon rehearses the sound teaching which his father has passed on to him and urges his children to spare no effort in gaining genuine insight. The book of Proverbs teems with an earnest exhortation to the young to listen to instruction from a wise father.
It pays to cultivate the friendship of godly, older people. You can learn a lot from them and benefit from their years of experience. Their doctrine is good and not to be disregarded.
In 1 Timothy 4:6 it says:
If you instruct the brethren in these things, you will be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished in the words of faith and of the good doctrine, which you have carefully followed.
Instructions For Parents
One of the greatest responsibilities of parents is to encourage their children to become wise. Here in Proverbs, Solomon tells how his father, David, encouraged him to seek wisdom when he was young. This encouragement may have prompted Solomon to ask God for an understanding mind above everything else.
Wisdom can be passed on from parents to children, from generation to generation. Ultimately, of course, all wisdom comes from God; parents can only urge their children to turn to him. If your parents never taught you in this way, you can learn from the Scriptures and then create a legacy of wisdom as you teach your children.
Believer’s Bible Commentary
Holman Old Testament Commentary
NLT Chronological Life Application Study Bible